Dolomites Traverse Guided Trail

Lake Misurina with reflection of clear sky
Duration: 10 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 6
from £2,299pp with flights

A magnificent trek through wild landscapes, deep valleys and pretty towns, whilst savouring traditional Italian hospitality. This trail visits the famous towns of Campitello, Corvara and Cortina. We hike through some amazing landscapes and see mountains such as the Catinaccio (Rosengarten), the Marmolada (the highest peak in the Dolomites) and stand at the base of the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Holiday Highlights

  • 3 nights in family-run rifugios high in the Dolomites
  • Comfortable hotels, most with wellness centres or small spas
  • Cable car rides
  • Lake Misurina, Cortina, Tre Cime, WW1 bunkers

What’s included

  • 10 nights half board en-suite accommodation (except no dinner or lunch on day 7 in Cortina. Small dorms with shared bathroom facilities for 3 nights in the Rifugios)
  • 5 picnic lunches
  • The services of an experienced and qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • All transport and luggage transfers to the hotels
  • With flight holidays include transfers to and from Venice Marco Polo airport
  • All cable car rides

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport to our hotel in Seiser Alm which takes approx. 4 hours.

Hotel Bellavista

Hotel Bellavista is a modern and comfortable hotel which has been recently renovated. All rooms are en suite.  


Today we head south through the Alpine meadows, with views of the magnificent limestone peaks of the Catinaccio (Rosengarten) mountain range. We then make a steep ascent which brings us to 2,500m with panoramic views looking south and east.

9 miles (14km), with 3600 feet (1,100m) of ascent, and 1640 feet (500m) of descent.

Refugio Alpe di Tires - Dolomites Traverse

The Refugio Alpe di Tires is situated on the saddle of the same name, some 2,440m above sea level. Dorms are basic but comfortable, with space for 3-5 people in each one. There are warm showers available for use for a fee of 3 euros. There is no internet access available.


From the rifugio we head east and follow the magnificent ridge walk called the Sentiero Federico Augusto. There are excellent views of the Sasso Piato mountain and the Seiser Alm plateau.

We descend to the town of Campitello (1,450m) with a few bars and restaurants.

9.5 miles (15km), with 1150 feet (350m) of ascent, and 4,300 feet (1,300m) of descent.

Hotel Medil - Dolomites Traverse

Medil Hotel in Campitello di Fassa has a wonderful panoramic view of the Dolomites peaks. The hotel offers well equipped rooms, each having its own private bathroom, Satellite television, radio, minibar and telephone.   


We take the Col Rodela lift which gains us almost 1000m in height in a matter of minutes. The magnificent Sella Group of mountains dominate the view and the sheer cliffs look like a giant fortress. We hike in a clockwise direction around the through meadows nestled between the Sassolungo and Sella Group. At the Passo Gardena we descend to Corvara (1,568m).

10.5 miles (17km), with 2,460 feet (750m) of ascent, and 2,950 feet (900m) of descent.

Hotel Table - Dolomites Traverse

Step away from worries and stress of daily life, breath in the healthy mountain air and just relax …now you are on holidays!

This exclusive 3-star superior hotel is situated right in the heart of the Dolomites. It offers 34 comfortably furnished rooms in traditional South Tyrolean style for those who would like to enjoy a little more luxury.


We take a short lift up to 2,000m and then hike along a beautiful undulating ridge for 7km to Passo di Valparola (2,192m). There is an interesting war museum here.

From here we hike up a steep path to 2,260m and then descend to the refuge (1,985m) nestled beneath some huge cliffs. This is a very special place and the area feels wild and remote.

10 miles (18km), with 3000 feet (920m) of ascent, and 2900 feet (880m) of descent.

Refugio Scotoni - Dolomites Traverse

Refugion Scotini is a traditional alpine-style chalet with a cosy restaurant and seating area facing the sun. There are hot showers, clean bed linen and towels, and free Wi-Fi in all dorms. Dorms vary in size from 3-5 people.


We make a short, steep ascent beneath vast limestone cliffs and on to the Monte de Lagazuoi. During the First World War this region witnessed the first vertical war in history. There are interesting remnants from the War and you can see the galleries and trenches cut out of the limestone cliffs. We cross the Forc Col de Bos and skirt under the cliffs of Tofana de Rozes. This is a long but rewarding day with outstanding scenery. We arrive into Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,200m)

10 miles (16km), with 1970 feet (600m) of ascent, and 4,265 feet (1,300m) of descent.

Hotel Menardi - Dolomites Traverse

Situated in the mountains, the three-star Menardi hotel is a short walk to downtown Cortina and boasts a spacious and sheltered private park. All rooms have a private bathroom, Wi Fi, TV, and telephone


Today is a rest day. Cortina is the premier ski resort in Italy often frequented by Europe’s jet-set crowd. It is a pretty town located in a valley surrounded by mountains with the Boite River running through it. You are free to explore the shops, cafés and restaurants of this upmarket town.

Hotel Menardi - Dolomites Traverse

Situated in the mountains, the three-star Menardi hotel is a short walk to downtown Cortina and boasts a spacious and sheltered private park. All rooms have a private bathroom, Wi Fi, TV, and telephone


We continue our journey by first taking a cable car to 2,123m and traversing under vast cliffs with a few small, easy sections of fixed equipment. On our way, we pass by Lago di Sorapis - a beautiful turquoise lake. We then continue into a forest and make our way to the spectacularly located Lake Misurina (1,754m), with a back drop of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the distance.

12½ miles (20km), with 3100 feet (950m) of ascent, and 4760 feet (1,450m) of descent.

Hotel Lavaredo - Dolomites Traverse

Situated on the shores of Lake Misurina, Hotel Lavaredo offers comfortable accommodation and a quality dining experience. All rooms have a private bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, TV and safety deposit box.


From the lake shore we head towards the Tre Cime passing by the famous Refugio Auronzo (2,320m). We head clockwise around the Tre Cime and are finally able to see the imposing north faces: still regarded as some of the toughest mountaineering routes in Europe. We then continue through the spectacular scenery to the Pian di Cengia (2,522m).

You will not have access to your luggage tonight, so you need to pack appropriately. 9½ miles (15km), with 4200 feet (1,280m) of ascent, and 1640 feet (500m) of descent.

Refugio Pian di Cengia - Dolomites Traverse

Refugio Pian di Cengia is a little more basic than the previous to Refugios on our journey. Here there can be up to 13 people in one dorm.


Our final day’s trek allows us to savour the magnificent surroundings of this unique mountain range. We make our way through the high cliffs and peaks to the road-head at Moso. Today’s walk is a fitting end to our journey. We take a short ride to Dobbiaco (1,210m) for our final night.

9 miles (14km), with 650 feet (200m) of ascent, and 3600 feet (1,100m) of descent.

Hotel Toblacherhof - Dolomites Traverse

Surrounded by the Dolomites, Hotel Toblacherhof offers comfortable accommodation with all rooms having a private bathroom, hairdryer, WiFi, television and telephone.


Transfer to the airport after breakfast which takes approx. 3hrs.


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Hotel Bellavista - Dolomites Traverse

Hotel Bellavista is situated on Europe’s largest alpine pasture at an altitude of 1,850m – the views are spectacular. All rooms come with private bathroom, safe, hairdryer, telephone and television.

Refugio Alpe di Tires - Dolomites Traverse

The Refugio Alpe di Tires is situated on the saddle of the same name, some 2,440m above sea level. Dorms are basic but comfortable, with space for 3-5 people in each one. There are warm showers available for use for a fee of 3 euros. There is no internet access available.

Hotel Medil - Dolomites Traverse

Medil Hotel in Campitello di Fassa has a wonderful panoramic view of the Dolomites peaks. The hotel offers well equipped rooms, each having its own private bathroom, Satellite television, radio, minibar and telephone.   

Hotel Table - Dolomites Traverse

Step away from worries and stress of daily life, breath in the healthy mountain air and just relax …now you are on holidays!This exclusive 3-star superior hotel is situated right in the heart of the Dolomites. It offers 34 comfortably furnished rooms in traditional South Tyrolean style for those who would like to enjoy a little more luxury.

Refugio Scotoni - Dolomites Traverse

Refugion Scotini is a traditional alpine-style chalet with a cosy restaurant and seating area facing the sun. There are hot showers, clean bed linen and towels, and free Wi-Fi in all dorms. Dorms vary in size from 3-5 people.

Hotel Menardi - Dolomites Traverse

Situated in the mountains, the three-star Menardi hotel is a short walk to downtown Cortina and boasts a spacious and sheltered private park. All rooms have a private bathroom, Wi Fi, TV, and telephone

Hotel Lavaredo - Dolomites Traverse

Situated on the shores of Lake Misurina, Hotel Lavaredo offers comfortable accommodation and a quality dining experience. All rooms have a private bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, TV and safety deposit box.

Refugio Pian di Cengia - Dolomites Traverse

Refugio Pian di Cengia is a little more basic than the previous to Refugios on our journey. Here there can be up to 13 people in one dorm.

Hotel Toblacherhof - Dolomites Traverse

Surrounded by the Dolomites, Hotel Toblacherhof offers comfortable accommodation with all rooms having a private bathroom, hairdryer, WiFi, television and telephone.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters. Trekking/approach shoes are not recommended for this trek
  • Sturdy sandals for any river and stream crossings. This is most relevant to the June departure
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • 35-40 litre rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Water bottle (at least 1.5-2 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents and for crossing streams and snow patches
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

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These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room: call for details
  • Flights from London Gatwick are included. Flight supplement from other select UK airports: £139
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer: call for details
Duration:
10 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
6

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